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Tomatin 30 Year Old

The new Tomatin 30 (replacing the 1988 vintage)

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@galgReview by @galg

21st Oct 2018


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omatin has announced a release of this 30-year-old whisky only a few weeks back (end of September), Retailing at £300, the expression is a premium batch release decanted into individually numbered bottles, with only 900 available in the UK.

The whisky was finished in first fill ex-Bourbon barrels, is presented in a premium oak box and is accompanied by a carrying case and seems to address the ultra premium market, as opposed to previous releases which did not go to length to present the whisky in such a luxurious way (adding to the price of course).

Indeed The 30 Year Old expression replaces the 1988 vintage… It seems Tomatin are targeting rich whisky collectors, and the whisky is released in time for XMAS shopping. The liquid is bottled at 46%. Let’s have a wee try…

**Nose **: Light and lovely, with a nice sweetness, hints of orchard fruit (peaches, apricots, pears) and also some tropical fruit with a lovely honeyed sweetness, a hint of chocolate and soft wood spices. There’s a nice wood influence, but clearly the whisky has spent most of the time in re-fill bourbon , and the wood influence is rather restrained for such a long period of time in wood.h

Palate: The palate is also rounded and sweet, with even more tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), with a nice touch of ginger powder, more chocolate, and nice malty touch as well, with time more notes of apple peel and nutmeg are revealed, as well as creamy vanilla and a hint of green banana.

Finish: The finish is of medium length, with the soft fruit, vanilla and wood going on for some time, quite creamy and rich.

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